Security Consultants advise clients on security requirements, and recommend and design security specifications.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in security operations or security and risk management is needed to work as a Security Consultant. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Security Consultants.

    Tasks

    • Advises clients on security requirements and designing security specifications.

    All Security Officers and Guards

    • $1,318 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Security Consultants

    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 16% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Security Consultants (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 870 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Security Consultants work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Financial and Insurance Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 16% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety52.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17.1
    Financial and Insurance Services10.2
    Construction3.1
    Other Industries17.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSecurity ConsultantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.931.6
    VIC23.725.6
    QLD15.020.0
    SA5.27.0
    WA9.410.8
    TAS0.32.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT13.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSecurity ConsultantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.2-9.39.3
    25-3423.2-22.922.9
    35-4427.1-22.022.0
    45-5425.0-21.621.6
    55-599.1-9.09.0
    60-647.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSecurity ConsultantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree29.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.7-21.121.1
    Year 1210.2-18.118.1
    Year 111.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.7-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in security operations or security and risk management is needed to work as a Security Consultant. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Security Consultants.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Security Consultant.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • security clearance

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      74% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Education and Training

      70% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Computers and Electronics

      69% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Public Safety and Security

      67% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    5. Engineering and Technology

      65% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1199.02 - Security Management Specialists.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic Mail

      99% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Contact With Others

      87% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      87% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1199.02 - Security Management Specialists.

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